Kingdom of the Netherlands
Capital: Amsterdam HDI: 0.915 (4th)
GDP (PPP): $798.6 billion
Population: ~ 16.9 million
This lowlands kingdom is the powerhouse of the Benelux countries, and the sixth largest economy in the European Union. Its strategic location in Western Europe means that the country acts as a European transportation hub, with some of Europe’s most important train, plane, and shipping hubs. The port of Rotterdam is the busiest port in the EU, and for 40 years until 2002 was the busiest port in the world; over 30,500 ships make port every year here. The quality of life is extremely high, and the country is ranked fourth on the human development index, above the US and Germany. The Netherlands benefits from a high level of foreign investment, is known for its ease of doing business, and has one of the most competitive economies in the world.
Economy Profile: Netherlands
This economic profile presents the Doing Business indicators for Netherlands. To allow useful comparison, it also provides data for other selected economies (comparator economies) for each indicator. The data in this report are current as of June
1, 2014 (except for the paying taxes indicators, which cover the period January–December 2013).
Starting a Business in Netherlands
Overview of Netherlands Economy – This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for the Netherlands. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.
Industry Trends & Business Climate
The Netherlands – Heritage Foundation
The Netherlands’ economic freedom score is 73.7, making its economy the 17th freest in the 2015 Index. Its score has decreased by 0.5 point since last year, reflecting declines in four of the 10 economic freedoms, including business freedom and freedom from corruption, that outweigh a significant gain in labor freedom. The Netherlands is ranked 8th out of 43 countries in the Europe region.
CBS – Economic situation improves
Netherlands Business Cycle tracer with statistics of each business sector in the Netherlands.
Establishing a Presence
Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency | NFIA
For foreign companies wishing to establish their business in the Netherlands and to take advantage of the Dutch business environment as a strategic base to cover Europe
Business Types – Types of Business Structure in the Netherlands
This site discusses the various business structures available in the Netherlands
Business Types – Legal business forms in the Netherlands
There are basically two different forms of legal business entities in the Netherlands
Business Registration Requirements – Starting a Business in Netherlands
This site provides a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Netherlands.
Business Registration Requirements – Doing business in the Netherlands – Registration requirements
Every company and legal entity in the Netherlands must register as such in the trade register.
PLC – Employment and employee benefits in The Netherlands
Profitability is your company’s first priority. You’ll find the Netherlands’ corporate tax structure advantageous to achieving your goals.
Dutch tax rates 2015 – Expatax
Tax rates and tax brackets in the Netherlands
Corporate – Netherlands Corporate Tax Rate
The Corporate Tax Rate in Netherlands stands at 25 percent. Corporate Tax Rate in Netherlands averaged 34.36 percent from 1981 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 48 percent in 1982 and a record low of 25 percent in 2011. Corporate Tax Rate in Netherlands is reported by the Tax and Customs Administration – Belastingdienst.
Corporate – Netherlands Taxes Rates – Corporate Income Tax Rates 2015
Currently it is not foreseen that the Dutch corporate income tax reate for the year 2016 would be different than the Dutch corporate income tax rate for the year 2015.
Personal – Netherlands Personal Income Tax Rate
The Personal Income Tax Rate in Netherlands stands at 52 percent. Personal Income Tax Rate in Netherlands averaged 54.40 percent from 1995 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 60 percent in 1996 and a record low of 52 percent in 2001. Personal Income Tax Rate in Netherlands is reported by the Tax and Customs Administration – Belastingdienst.
Personal – Personal Income Tax in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands is a progressive tax on wages, profits, social security benefits and pensions. Individuals living in the Netherlands and individuals, who do not live in the Netherlands, but who receive income from the Netherlands are liable for income tax.
VAT – Netherlands Sales Tax Rate | VAT
The Sales Tax Rate in Netherlands stands at 21 percent. Sales Tax Rate in Netherlands averaged 19.28 percent from 2000 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 21 percent in 2013 and a record low of 17.50 percent in 2000. Sales Tax Rate in Netherlands is reported by the Tax and Customs Administration – Belastingdienst.
VAT in the Netherlands – Expatax
The value added tax system in the Netherlands corresponds with that currently used by all other EU-states.
Which visa do I need to travel to the Netherlands
If you want to stay in the Netherlands for up to 90 days, you may require a Schengen visa.
Netherlands Visa and Passport Requirements
Netherlands Visa and Passport Requirements for travel
Work Permits – Netherlands Visa and Passport Requirements
Netherlands Visa and Passport Requirements for work
The Netherlands Infrastructure
Infrastructure, power, and communications
Transport in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is both a very densely populated and a highly developed country, in which transport is a key factor of the economy. Correspondingly it has a very dense and modern infrastructure, facilitating transport with road, rail, air and water networks.
Guide to public transport in the Netherlands
The Netherlands has excellent public transport links, and the swipecard payment system OV-chipkaart is the official transport payment system for the metro, bus and tram throughout the Netherlands.
Telecommunications in the Netherlands
The Netherlands hosts the largest Internet hub in Europe. As a result of the government’s stimulation of Internet usage, the Netherlands is at the top of the list for access among major European countries. All common IT service providers available in the U.S. are available in the Netherlands.
Telecom – Netherlands – Key Statistics, Telecom Market
The Dutch telecom market has one of the most progressive broadband sectors in the world, with effective cross-platform competition further stimulated by numerous fibre deployments.
Unemployment 1 THE NETHERLANDS 1. Overview of the system
Unemployment insurance pays 70 per cent of the last earned wage for a period of time
PLC – Employment and employee benefits in The Netherlands
Scope of employment regulations including minimum wage, worktime restrictions, employee representation
Labor Rules and Regulations – Employment law in the Netherlands
Overview of the most important rules: work permit, contracts, dismissal, (special) leave, diploma evaluation.
Labor Rules and Regulations – Dutch contracts and employment law
Dutch laws covering employment and contracts in the Netherlands are many and various.
Unemployment benefits in the Netherlands
The rules and application process for unemployment benefits
Guide to the Dutch: Society and working culture
conditional on a means and a work test.
Cost of Living in Netherlands
Cost of living information includes price indices for rent, food, utilities, transportation, restaurants, clothing and more
Business Etiquette – Business etiquette in Netherlands
The dos and don’ts of business etiquette in the Netherlands
Business Etiquette – Netherlands (Holland) – Language, Culture, Customs
See “Etiquette and Customs in The Netherlands” on this site
Climate of the World: The Netherlands
The Netherlands have a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters. Daytime temperatures varies from 2°C-6°C in the winter and 17°C-20°C in the summer.
Climate – Weather in Holland
Holland, with its long North Sea coast, has a typically moderate marine climate. The sea’s influence ensures that we are not too cold during winter, not too hot in the summer
Safety – Netherlands – US Department of State
US Department of State – Go to Safety and Security for updates from the Dutch government
Education and Schools in the Netherlands
Finding the right school is a big decision for expat families, but a good range of options exist in the Netherlands, including an excellent public school system. Those relocating therefore need not be overly concerned about the standard of education in the Netherlands.
Education – A parents’ guide to education in the Netherlands
This site provides the essentials on education in the Netherlands, from primary and secondary schooling, through higher education to teaching in the Netherlands with foreign credentials.
Cost of living in the Netherlands | Expat Arrivals
As with many other European countries, the cost of living in the Netherlands has gone up with the introduction of the Euro
Huidays – The Netherlands – Netherlands Public Holidays 2015 and 2016
The Netherlands has only one official public holiday, being the King’s Birthday on 27 April each year. Apart from that, there a number of holidays generally recognised and provided to employees by their employers
Demographics – Netherlands – Country Facts – FindTheData
Demographic information includes population, quality of life, health, sports, technology, energy and the environment
Demographics – Netherlands – The World Factbook
Features a map and brief descriptions of geography, economy, government, and people.
Holidays and observances in Netherlands
A complete listing of holidays in the Netherlands for 2015. There on 10 national holidays including the King’s birthday on April 27
OEC – Netherlands (NLD) Exports, Imports, and Trade Partners
Netherlands import value is $525B+, $33B+ from the United States
Netherlands Trade, Exports and Imports
Netherlands Trade, Exports and Imports
Taxes on imported goods | Export, import and customs
When importing goods into the Netherlands from outside the European Union (EU), you will usually have to pay import duties. You will also have to pay VAT and in some cases excise duty, consumption tax or other levies.
Netherlands Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation Treaty
Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation between the United States of America and the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Netherlands – US Department of State
The United States and the Netherlands share a liberal economic outlook and firm commitment to free trade.
Housing and Rentals
Netherlands Lodging: Canal Houses, Design Hotels
For a relatively small country, the Netherlands offers a wide range of places to stay, from standard hotels to seaside vacation parks and former monasteries. If you’re looking for accommodations that are distinctly Dutch, interesting options include historic canal houses, houseboats and even windmills.
Netherlands Travel Guide and Travel Information
As flat as a local pannenkoek, the Netherlands is a land of colourful tulip fields and canals, sophisticated cities and some of the most striking coastline in Northern Europe. It punches well above its weight culturally, laying claim to the likes of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Mondrian, amongst others.
Netherlands’ Travel Website
The Netherlands really is a land of windmills, tulips, and canals, while being a progressive 21st-century nation.